World Malaria Day is observed on 25 every year. A person is said to have malaria when parasites are spread from an infected person to an uninfected person by the female Anopheles mosquito. Initial symptoms of malaria may include a high fever with sweat and chills in the body. Additionally, the person may experience nausea, vomiting and headache. If not treated early, this can lead to more serious symptoms like blood in stools and convulsions. Extremely serious cases can lead to renal failure, liver failure, pulmonary oedema, brain infection, coma and death.
Dr Rudresh S, Associate Professor in the Department of Swasthavritti and Yoga, Sri Sri College of Ayurvedic Science and Research tells us some of the important diet dos and don’ts you need to follow if you have malaria.
In addition to effective medications for the treatment of malaria, the intake of Rasayana like Chyawanprash is recommended as it increases the overall immunity of a person. It is also necessary to take certain precautions in consuming food items in order to ensure a quick recovery:
Eating light and easily digestible food like gruel, soups, softly cooked rice and khichdi is recommended for those who are sick.
There are many benefits of drinking warm water. Not only is this soothing to the body, but it also helps regulate and better digestion and other bodily functions. Drinking lukewarm water throughout the day to keep oneself hydrated is important.
You must make sure to avoid fatty foods as much as possible.
One must keep away from cold foods such as cucumber, watermelon, orange, banana and papaya. This can worsen your symptoms and make you feel more sick.
Avoid pickles, spicy food, alcohol, carbonated beverages, coffee and tea. These will mess up with your digestion and your body’s ability to fight off infections and heal itself.
You must make sure to consult with a doctor about the treatment for malaria as soon as you notice the symptoms.